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 Thursday, 16-May-2002  15:00:27 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Story of the day: A few people report that Apple have release their XServe.. shame that "XServer" is a term already in use, but anyway. We saw a while ago that the biggest problem with Apple servers is fitting their weird shapes into racks - these new ones are a standard 1RU "pizzabox". With dual 1GHz PowerPC G4s, up to 2GB DDR SDRAM, two 64-bit 66MHz PCI slots (plus a third combination PCI/AGP slot), dual Gigabit Ethernet, FireWire, USB and four Ultra ATA/100.. and Scott notes It even has a blue LED bar graph on the front of it for it's Ethernet ports activity! Interesting swipe at you-know-who on the product page, too: Xserve lets you eliminate the most galling expense in your department’s budget: the per-user “tax” you’ve been obliged to pay for using server software. Since Xserve comes with an unlimited-client license of the UNIX-based, industrial-strength Mac OS X Server, you can serve thousands of additional users - without spending thousands of additional dollars in licensing fees.

Napster is dead.. info here and here on Wired.

tfcgod has info on the Butterfly Grid. A distributed supercomputer games network now in development could for the first time enable more than a million people to play graphics-rich games together via the internet. More info here.

HardwarePub compared the AMD XP 2000+ vs Intel Pentium 4 Northwood, high-end CPU's from the industry's 2 giants.

Some security stuff from Ubeek: Apparently the Xbox Emulator is actually a trojan, virus hoaxes are just as bad as the real thing and an analysis of online banking hacking.

TonyR spotted some info on new PowerPC CPU's from IBM: The PowerPC 405LP shuts off portions of the chip that are not in use, reducing both active and standby power in chips by up to 10 times compared with current designs.

Schrambo notes rumours of Xbox 2 are already floating around, in the dissapointing wake of the current Xbox.

Accelenation have a little something for the n00bs.. a beginner's guide to PC's.

Whirlpool are reporting that XiS are abandoning ADSL, thanks Darwin Computer Doctor. My personal experience with their dialup service/support has been woeful and earlier this week I switched to another ISP.

HardwareAvenue have a PC Audio Guide with an Australian bent.

GideonTech have a guide to replacing LED's in a few places around your PC.

Feral spotted this AGP Information page that suggests some AGP video cards are not what they seem. It is an interesting read and will cause much wringing of hands, apparently.

TechNation have a 5-card GF4 Ti4600 roundup posted. We've looked at a couple of GF4 Ti4600's here recently, from Asus here and X-Micro here. If you'd rather read your video card reviews in German, the Asus is here, für Ihr deutsches Lesevergnügen.. another review in English on PureOC too.

Shane says there's a virus on MSN Messenger: there was that virus that was being spread around msn where at the beginning of the conversation u say something to them. then they would say something and the virus would make the user say this in msn without the user typing it in: "i took a new picture yesterday" "do u want to see it" and then if u say yes it sends the file to u but u dont get the virus unless u accept the so called pic.

Tech-Report checked out VIA's P4X266, a DDR P4 chipset.

Xbit have an article about how defragmentation utilities cam be used as HDD benchmarks.. interesting.

We may be behind the 8-ball on this one, but Baz says that there's a Matrix 2/3 Trailer out on the 15th.. USA time that's only today.. and there's some stuff on thematrix.com. Kyocera was providing a commentary in IRC last night, Castlereagh St in Sydney's CBD was closed for the evening/night for filming one of the Matrix films, within view of his apartment.

Thetron found this article saying that Mums use the net more than teens..

Kiss your productivity goodbye.. if you enjoy our occasional "flash timewaster" links, you'll love (or hate) this page which has 100 of the best, thanks (I think) Ben.

AMDMB want to tell you all about water-cooling pumps.

TweakTown have a guide to installing an Audigy soundcard without using the original driver disk (thus avoiding the bloatware on it.)

LivePC have an article about tidying up your case for better airflow.

More of the usual crazy stuff in the latest issue of ZZZ Online.

Reviews:
Samsumg SyncMaster 955DF monitor on IANAG.
FIC AN11 Stealth KT266A motherboard on HardwarePub.
Abit's nForce motherboard on TechSpot.
Noisecontrol Silverado socket cooler on EXHardware.
CopperKing II heatsink on IPKonfig.
Thermaltake Dragon478 P4 cooler on TechAngel.
Gigabyte GA-7VTXH KT266A mobo on ViperLair.
AOpen AX4B Max P4 DDR motherboard on VR-Zone.
Samsung 24x10x40x CDRW on IANAG.
MSI's GF4 MX420 video card on Xbit.
ECS K7S6A SiS745-based DDR socketA motherboard on TheTechZone.
Creative 3DBlaster Ti4400 on TechSpot.
Auriga VF-2133AL Super Miditower case on DigitalDomain.
Abit KX7-333R KT333-based socketA DDR motherboard on Tweakers.
A4 Tech KBS-835RP and RFW-33 wireless mice and keyboard on DansData.
Abit AT7 "legacy-free" DDR socketA motherboard on AMD3D.
Gigabyte GV-AR64S Radeon 7500 SDR video card on Xbit.
Chieftec Scorpio TX-10BLD entry-level server chassis on HardwarePub.
IBM Ultrastar 36Z15 15k-rpm SCSI HDD on Xbit.
Soyo KT333 Dragon Ultra motherboard on NeoSeeker.
Epox 8K3A+ (KT333-CE) motherboard on 3DVelocity.
Mouse Bungee on TekSektor.. our review here.



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